Melbourne introduces new Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

25 August 2014

The University of Melbourne Dean of the new Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences Professor Ken Hinchcliff is excited to announce that it is strengthening its cross-disciplinary teaching and research capabilities by aligning agriculture and food systems with veterinary science within a new combined faculty.

University of Melbourne Veterinary School
Professor Ken Hinchcliff

Studying veterinary science or agricultural science at the University of Melbourne gives students the skills and knowledge to apply science to significant real-world  issues—whether improving animal health and well-being or addressing climate change and food sustainability, both nationally and internationally.
The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences means improved cohesion across Melbourne courses and a strengthening of the university’s research capabilities. The new faculty also encourages collaboration between enthusiastic, passionate and like-minded academics across two complementary disciplines. University of Melbourne students experience cross-disciplinary teaching by specialised veterinary, animal production, crop and food science experts addressing complex environmental, economic and social issues.
When you study veterinary science or agricultural science at the University of Melbourne, you do so not only at Australia’s highest ranked university but also within a faculty that ranks with the best in the world.
Melbourne courses are delivered from three campuses: Parkville (the main campus on the City fringe), Werribee (the site of the world-class Veterinary Hospital) and Dookie, a state-of-the-art broad-acre farm renowned for its teaching, research and technology development. Exciting new opportunities are being explored at the Dookie Campus across its teaching and research programs, helped by a $5-million investment by the university, government, industry and the community.
Popular degrees offered within the faculty include

  • Master of Agribusiness
  • Master of Agricultural Science
  • Master of Food and Packaging Innovation
  • Master of Food Science
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

About the University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program

Program title: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February/early March 2015
Program duration: 4 years
Application deadline: December 23, 2014. It is strongly recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program start date.
Entry Requirements
Eligible applicants must have completed

  • an undergraduate science degree (minimum three-year degree with majors in Agriculture, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Biomedicine, Physiology or Zoology); and
  • prerequisite subjects including at least one semester of study in each of cell biology or general biology, and biochemistry.

Selection into the University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program will be primarily based on academic achievement. Selection will be based on results (grades) obtained in your final year undergraduate science subjects as well as your second last year (penultimate) undergraduate science subjects, weighted 75:25 toward the final year subjects. Applicants with a 75% average or above should apply.

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